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Getting High..

By Jasper87  
I love to gaze at sunsets,
At the fading of each day.
As the clouds on the horizon,
For the evening pave the way.

Sundown from 244 metres, on the viewing platform of The Shard in London. The horizon is about 40 miles away at this height. Not the cheapest tourist attraction in London but, boy, is it spectacular. This view is looking West, you can see Tate Modern, St Paul's Cathedral, BT Tower, Millennium Bridge to name but a few.


Tags: Sunset London Landscape and travel The Shard

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16 Nov 2013 7:34AM
Spectacular, Dave. A Pano to follow, perchance?


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ColleenA Plus
5 358 6 Australia
16 Nov 2013 7:40AM
Wow Dave, what a view, spectacular really can see forever. One of the attractions I missed while in London...
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2013 7:55AM
cracking light and detail dave wonderful tones love the poem a stunner nice one Wink
Mollycat Plus
4 11 2 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2013 8:00AM
Well worth the ride. Incredible views. Peter.
16 Nov 2013 8:04AM
Superb light, and a fantastic view of the citySmile

Nigeve1 Plus
5 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2013 8:13AM
Spectacular skyline, great detail and light.
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2013 8:16AM
You were blessed with that dawn Dave! I used to work on the 22nd floor of an office in the City and we had a fine view looking west, but this even surpasses. It would be fun to go on a misty morning to see if you can see the tall office blocks poking through the mist.
Great capture with magic view. Well done Dave.
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
16 Nov 2013 8:27AM
A really spectacular stretch of cityscape, Dave. Wonderful light.
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
16 Nov 2013 8:34AM
What did you take to get such a high Dave Smile Smoking pot never did this for me Smile An excellent and awe inspiring view you have captured here !
capto Plus
6 5.1k 8 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2013 8:50AM
Wow what a view, beautifully rendered. I'm envious of your visit there. Are you going to treat us to a panorama later?Smile

NaturesHaven 6 283 6 England
16 Nov 2013 8:54AM
When I first saw the title I was a little worried....................GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
16 Nov 2013 8:57AM
That is just wonderful! It's an interesting building and I love the view!
moiral 7 12 Scotland
16 Nov 2013 8:58AM
So you did eventually go up it Grin. Well worth it for these views - the Post Office Tower and St Pauls really stand out for me. Moira
A dizzying view.. London always throws out wonderful late afternoon light at this time of year..a pano would be interesting
vickyf 12 8 8 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2013 9:02AM
Great sky and view.
16 Nov 2013 9:08AM
A really striking image, a superb scene, Dave, with lovely sky detail. - (Puts my effort to shame!!)

fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
16 Nov 2013 9:14AM
You have used the light to great effect here Dave.

NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2013 9:19AM
Beautiful words, a great view and a cracking highrised image mate...

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
Caziwinkles 5 3 1 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2013 9:37AM
Amazing light - beautiful view - worth 'getting high' for! Tongue

LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2013 9:44AM
This image has convinced me that I have to go up The Shard before I leave England for good. A truly de-light-ful image (sorry, couldn't resist!)
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2013 9:48AM
Stunning view here Dave.

Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2013 10:28AM
Sorry DaveBlushBlush...... Cant help myself, this sprung to mind instantlyGrinGrin

Great image as alwaysSmile
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2013 10:43AM
Impressive view of the city but all the more so in that early evening light.
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
16 Nov 2013 10:45AM
A spectacular view from this already iconic building, and one I'd love to experience for myself.
But would I like a flat up there even if I could afford it, definitely not.......I'd get giddy every time I peeped outside.
But what a superb cityscape, Dave.
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2013 10:46AM
Worth the money then
Nikonuser1 Plus
5 151 16 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2013 10:48AM
Great image Dave excellent viewSmile

almiles 8 38 102 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2013 10:55AM
Great sharpness and contrast on the ground with so much detail, you chose a super time of day to go up. I love the way the bridges lead across the Thames and take the eye with them. St Paul's makes a great FP being so recognisable and also forms an interesting implied triagle with the BT tower and whatever that brown one is on the left. For my taste there is too much sky, it's so spectacular that it competes with the ground vista and it feels like an image of two halves. Did you take a landscape version with less sky? Would be interesting to see but even when I use my hand to crop this to a square I find it more satisfying to view. I'm sure plenty will disagree so it's probably just a personal thing and in no way detracts from the excellent technical quality of the image. Smile
SlowSong Plus
9 7.3k 30 England
16 Nov 2013 11:23AM
I really must get up there. Although it makes me feel dizzy just looking at the pic.
16 Nov 2013 11:36AM
A superbly composed and presented cityscape, Dave from the perfect viewpoint.
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
16 Nov 2013 11:40AM
Definitely worth a visit !! Dave. Spectacular vista ( did you use a tripod ? )
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
16 Nov 2013 11:59AM
No tripod, Ron, although I did see one or two people carrying lightweight tripods. Not sure what their official stance is. The problem using them are the reflections in the glass, with a tripod you'd be a little back from the glass and picking up lots of reflections. I was using my fleece jacket to block out most of them, holding camera in one hand, and editing out the odd stray which got through. Same reason I didn't manage any panoramas. Took about half a dozen decent ones in the end but will save up to go back for an evening session (nb... closes at 6pm Mon to Weds)
16 Nov 2013 12:20PM
good god!!!! 30.00 its enough to make a Scotsman giddy without going up........ fine result Dave loved the cloud structures so I copied and tone mapped excellent results as is to be expected using a good base

EileenH 4 1 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2013 12:21PM
Nice interesting imageSmile

16 Nov 2013 12:47PM
That looks very high, Dave.

9 10 10 England
16 Nov 2013 1:15PM
I thought you were in a helicopter to get such a view. Terrific. Think the comment about too much sky is quite interesting - I thought about just above the first clouds for a crop.
woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2013 1:36PM
Spectacular, Dave; looks 3-D on my screen.
CaroleS Plus
7 433 3 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2013 1:48PM
#What a shot and crystal clear tooSmile
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1918 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2013 1:49PM
The vapour trail is central, and heading downwards, like the trail of a meteor hurtling down to earth. That's the detail that brings this alive to me. It suggests energy, movement.
rayme330 6 17 1 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2013 1:59PM
A wonderful aerial perspective Dave with good clarity and detail given the light.

mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
16 Nov 2013 2:10PM
You may think I have got my head in the clouds Dave,
but I actually have no head for heights !!
You are a brave man.
Good shot.
16 Nov 2013 2:34PM
Wonderful Light on this extensive comp' Dave, somewhere I really must visit next Year.
I like the little Poem too.

John Smile
16 Nov 2013 4:00PM
spectacular, what a view
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
16 Nov 2013 4:16PM
That certainly is a magnificent view, Dave Smile Contrary to what almiles says, I think the sky enhances the shot - had it been cloudless, it might have been different Wink
Trev Smile
Tish1 Plus
5 16 4 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2013 4:52PM
Only a Yorkshireman in exile could take a shot like this Tongue, obviously you are missing the heights of the Yorkshire landscape.............. this is a spectacular image.

ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
16 Nov 2013 5:24PM
Oh my word... that...SKY. Gorgeous cloudscape going on there, Dave, and I love that mix of colours too. Sublime.

Lovely evening sun on the buildings as well. What a view Smile

jaktis 14 84 Sweden
16 Nov 2013 5:36PM
A detailfilled sky and excellent light on the town

JuBarney 6 26 3 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2013 5:49PM
A splendid shot of this amazing and wonderful townscape.
jdinne 14 16 England
16 Nov 2013 7:01PM
Thats one Spectacular view Dave and that light is special. Now 30.00 Dave for a view!!! think you have been away from Yorkshire for far to long WinkSmile

marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2013 8:13PM
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2013 8:44PM
Funnily enuff you have posted exactly what I am looking for - our next club comp is Urban Landscape and I have been digging the archives to find my upload for today and a few others that might suffice. I have loads of wildlife and flowers macro etc. but I don't generally do landscape and least of all Urban!

Well done you for this splendid shot with subtle light
, does one say ambient???
carper123 Plus
6 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2013 8:53PM
Well worth the money, Dave, a wonderful image full of interesting detail, for the money they are charging, I think I would have had all week up their, got my monies worth.Blush LOL.
Well done.
Darryl. SmileSmileSmile
16 Nov 2013 10:56PM
Fantastic shot. I went to the Shard but it was horrible weather. Still enjoyed it though. The views are amazing. Cathy
17 Nov 2013 12:30AM

Quote:Superb light, and a fantastic view of the citySmile --- I agree very much with Danny ! Amazing! GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin --- Jukka.Smile


17 Nov 2013 3:25AM
For me, the aircraft vapour trail works beautifully. Leads the eye down into the fantasticly lighted cityscape - you obviously chose your time to spend 30! A great shot Dave, with Huge depth of field.
17 Nov 2013 7:55AM
Wow...what an awesome shot Dave with a superb view, love the sky Smile
derekhansen Plus
9 210 24 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2013 8:06AM
I did look at going up there but put it on the back burner due to the cost and the restrictions. This has got me thinking again. You certainly got some fanrastic light Dave.
bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2013 8:48AM
An amazing sight Dave perfectly captured.
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
17 Nov 2013 10:52AM
Spectacular view with gorgeous light and lovely tones; beautifully taken Dave!
17 Nov 2013 11:54AM
Love this view and the big sky -makes it more out of the ordinary ! gill
myrab 11 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2013 3:25PM
Spectacular Dave, How lucky are you to live in the capital to get to do these wonderful things.

sable 9 9 7 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2013 4:59PM
One two words needed - Absolutely stunning xx
6 3 8 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2013 7:35PM
A great view and a great captureGrin
evelen 13 5 England
18 Nov 2013 6:29PM
a wonderful capture and view.
19 Nov 2013 2:06PM
Lovely view of the great city beautifully captured. A
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
19 Nov 2013 7:52PM
Superb capture.GrinGrinGrin
21 Nov 2013 12:34PM
Great sky, and a spectacular image of London from above.

bill33 Plus
7 34 1 Scotland
22 Nov 2013 10:58AM
Fantastic image Dave,superb detail and wonderful colour pallet for the time of day. It makes a huge change for me, rather than looking at mountains. Very well done. Bill.
29 Nov 2013 4:27AM
An excellent photo.
22 Dec 2013 8:49AM
Dave. one of your best. Could you recoup the cost by selling a couple. Fantastic kit combination. If you shoot against glass and don't won't reflections some stores do rubber lens hoods for most lens. Place the rubber against the glass and you can hold the camera with both hands up against the glass and protect your your lens. Have you tried the Eye or the wheel at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. Cheaper but lower.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New year
CHRISB911 12 54 1
31 Dec 2013 6:12PM
dave great light across the image, nice and sharp throughout, very well done, that camera is serving you very well
4 Jan 2014 5:16PM
Dave, some view mate......that sky is just stunning makes the image that more special. From my family to yours all the best for the year ahead.

gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
9 Jan 2014 12:02AM
What a great shot from a fantastic POV, Dave -- a wall-worthy image.

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